Concepts of Culture: Art, Politics, and Society

Front Cover
Adam Muller
University of Calgary Press, 2005 - Social Science - 414 pages
0 Reviews
How do we define "culture?" To what uses should such a concept be put? What costs and benefits do these uses entail? In this volume, Adam Muller brings together contributions from a diverse group of established and emerging scholars each of whom probes the nature of the culture concept while shedding light on its many different applications and contexts of use. Of particular concern to Muller and his contributors is the putative unity of culture, a notion variously affirmed and denied in this volume over the course of discussions of such matters as popular culture, film, globalization, education, sport, aesthetics, and human values. The variety of perspectives gathered here, in addition to adding much needed substance to our understanding of the history and politics of "culture," taken together confirm the practical advantages to the sort of rigorous and dynamic interdisciplinarity ever more a part of academic life. Concepts of Culture: Art, Politics, and Society also helps to secure a place for analytic philosophy, humanism, and liberal political theory in contemporary debates over what exactly "culture" is and how it works.



Contributors include such distinguished scholars as Jacques Barzun, Geoffrey Hartman, Mette Hjort, and Martha Nussbaum.



With Contributions By:

Jacques Barzun

Christoph Brumann

Geoffrey Hartman

Mette Hjort

Rhonda Martens

Carl Matheson

Adam Muller

David Novitz

Martha Nussbaum

Jim Parry

Martin Roberts

Robert Stecker

Imre Szeman

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Unity in Diversity
1
Notes
36
Writing for Culture Why a Successful Concept Should Not be Discarded
41
Culture and the Abstract Life
79
The Tenth Muse
113
Between Conflict and Consensus Redux
129
Culture anin Globalization
155
Film Culture
237
Sport Universals and Multiculturalism
265
In Defence of Universal Values
291
Incommensurability Pragmatized
335
Notes
367
Contributors
371
Bibliography
375
Index
401

Art Culture and Identity
181
Aesthetics and Culture
209

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Adam Muller is an associate professor of English at the University of Manitoba. His specializations include literary theory, analytic aesthetics, film theory and criticism, and cultural studies.

Bibliographic information